Getting early and regular prenatal care is one of the best ways for a woman to promote a healthy pregnancy. OB/GYNs and other qualified health care providers offer prenatal care that often includes education and counseling about how to handle different aspects of pregnancy, such as nutrition and physical activity, what to expect during labor and delivery, and basic infant care.
During pregnancy, routine prenatal checkups occur at regular intervals. Their frequency typically varies depending on the stage of the pregnancy1:
Obstetrical care plays an important role throughout pregnancy. Routine tests are conducted during pregnancy to check for and help guide treatment of potential problems and include2:
All pregnancies involve some risk to both the mother and her fetus. Women with high-risk pregnancies due to certain factors present before pregnancy may need care from specialists. For example, being overweight or having pre-existing health conditions can place the mother and infant at higher risk for problems during the pregnancy.
Risk factors that may cause a high-risk pregnancy include:
Prenatal care also allows health care providers to manage problems that may develop in a woman who was previously healthy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia/eclampsia.
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